Alex Curtis further commented: “Measures to criminalise rough sleepers with on the spot new of £100 demonstrate a shocking lack of regard for the plight of the homeless. The city frankly deserves better leadership on this issue than Cllr. Tanner and his party colleagues have provided.” Neo, a homeless man who works to improve the lives of people living on the streets in Oxford commented that the Councillors “do not have a clue about why people do what they do. People need to be educated more in the different types of homelessness”.The issue of homelessness in Oxford has been brought to increased attention in recent weeks, following the public campaign by a group of squatters to continue using a former garage owned by Wadham as a homeless shelter. Around 20 people are believed to have been living in the space since New Years Eve.The group—Iffley Open House (IOH)—have been ordered by Wadham to vacate the site by the end of the month. An eviction notice was issued at a court hearing last Friday. The college intends to go ahead with pre-demolition work to turn the site into student accommodation.An open letter and petition, calling on the University and Wadham not to evict IOH residents until they have found alternative accommodation and to make available vacant university buildings to the homeless, were published this week by the OUSU homelessness campaign, On Your Doorstep. It reads: “Oxford—please don’t stand on the wrong side of history.” John Tanner is a Councillor for Littlemore parish, near Cowley. Oxford city councillor John Tanner has been forced to apologise after deeming homeless people “a disgrace”.A formal complaint has been launched by East Oxford Conservative Association.Speaking on BBC Radio Oxford on Monday morning, discussing Oxford’s homelessness crisis the Labour councillor said: “I would like to go to some of these rough sleepers and say you are a disgrace. I don’t think it would do any good but they ought to have more respect.”These comments led the Green Party in Oxford to threaten launching a Standards Board complaint against him for allegedly breaching the code of council member conduct.In response, the Councillor issued a public apology on Tuesday: “I unreservedly apologise for the remarks I made on local radio about beggars in Oxford. It is a disgrace that we have beggars on the streets of Oxford but I do not blame the beggars for this situation.“My comments were very ill-advised and do not reflect what I really think. Beggars often have mental health, drug or drink problems and deserve our support. I am sorry for the offence I have caused by my remarks.“Oxford City Council plays a leading role in helping the street homeless on the streets. I recognise that only some beggars are also street homeless. I encourage everyone not to give money directly to beggars but to support charities like Oxford Poverty Action Trust.” These comments come amid a homelessness crisis in Oxford, where numbers have risen by 50 per cent from 2014-15, when the council counted 39 rough sleepers.Oxford City Council currently works with St Mungo’s Broadway on Oxford Street Population Outreach Team (SPOT), a seven-day service helping Oxford’s homeless by providing assessments and reconnection, as well as emergency shelters.However on Wednesday an official complaint was launched against Tanner by Oxford East Conservative Association concerning formal code of conduct complaint to the city council.The complaint, submitted by Conservative Association Deputy Chairman Councillor Alex Curtis commented that Councillor Tanner’s remarks were “deeply concerning.”“Not only are they insensitive, they betray an appalling lack of compassion and concern for vulnerable residents the council are supposed to be protecting. I believe Oxford’s residents have the right to demand answers for this attitude. The Labour-led city council, of which Cllr. Tanner is a leading member, has not led the way with constructive solutions to the substantial numbers of rough sleepers in Oxford.”
Georgia farmers raise livestock in every county in the state, and providing forages for all those animals isn’t easy. University of Georgia scientists and other experts will provide a wealth of information on the topic in “Forages 2001,” a two-day workshop in Tifton, Ga., May 22-23.The workshop will begin with an 8 a.m. country breakfast. The opening morning’s sessions will cover perennial and annual grasses and legumes and where they fit in a forage plan.Other sessions will cover poisonous plants, weed identification and forage testing and quality. Participants will learn how to interpret a quality analysis from any lab and make recommendations.County Agent CompetitionThe afternoon will end with a field tour from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. After supper and entertainment, the evening will end with a roundtable competition of county agent presentations on successful forage programs.Wednesday morning will open with a country breakfast at 7 a.m. Sessions on pasture ecology, starting at 8 a.m., will cover management impacts on water quality and regulations on solid waste application.The workshop will end with sessions on forages for wildlife nutrition, plantings and practices.CCA, Pesticide CreditsParticipants will be eligible for 9.5 Certified Crop Advisor credits. Pesticide License Recertification credits have been applied for in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.A $10 registration fee covers the workshop costs. An optional golf tournament fee is $30. The deadline to register is May 14. For more information or a registration form, call the Tifton conference office at (229) 386-3416.Rooms have been blocked at the Holiday Inn for $45 plus 12-percent tax. (To get this rate, mention “Forages 2001.”)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey film is sparking two kinds of buzz throughout the country—from the I-can’t-wait camps, and from the I’d-rather-eat-glass-than-watch-that-drek crowd. Critics, from the Daily Beast to the New Yorker are finding creative and inventive ways to pan the film, while bars are cashing in on the craze by introducing new cocktails with FSOG influence, like the “Laters Baby,” “Guilty Pleasure,” “Safe Word” and “Red Room.”And though I usually find myself in the former camp, appreciating art and literature over mindless pop culture, I admit that I will be among those waiting on long lines with my girlfriends to watch this long-anticipated film. Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired drinks at Chatters Bar and Grill at Island 16 movies in Holtsville: (L-R) ‘Laters Baby,’ ‘Red Room,’ ‘Safe Word’ and ‘Guilty Pleasure.’ (Photo by Cheryl Pepe)Long Island and suburban enclaves like those found here are in a big way responsible for the success of the Fifty Shades trilogy. When the books came out in 2012, you couldn’t take two steps onto a soccer field without some mom saddling up to you, whispering from the side of her mouth, “Have you read the books?” The Facebook PTA group for our elementary school is chockfull of pass-the-budget information and fundraisers and cupcake recipes, but if you read the comment threads carefully, you would have noticed that Fifty had infiltrated there, too. The salutation “Laters, Baby” is the calling card for those who have read it. Talk that would usually stay within the PC parameters of 5K runs for Autism Awareness and gossip about the Boy Scout leader’s fight with the cheerleaders had grown a bit hotter with talk of who moms might cast as Christian Grey in the movie and “Did you know that’s what those silver balls were for?”Literary purists, however, found multiple causes to state their disdain for the wildly popular (like, sold 100 million copies popular) novels, while making sure to impart to friends and followers, “Not that I’d ever read that kind of thing.” Likewise, they will not be going to the opening this weekend. I would argue that, although the novels are not on par with some of the world’s greatest literature, they are enormously fun. If you’re going to dip into these fantasy novels, treat them as the brain (and libido) candy they are, and leave your literary critic at home. There is a place for them, beyond turning on a generation of PTA moms. It’s more than that.What garners these books such enormous popularity as to become what the newsreels are calling a “cultural phenomenon” is that they brought out confessional, giggly conversations between women. Men might bond over sports or beer, but women connect, really connect, when we make revelations to each other. We dress the perfect part, sweat at the obligatory spin class, highlight our hair in unison to present a perfect front to each other. And then we get close by stripping down those exact manifestations, with confessions about how cheap we got our designer bags, how we cheated on our diets, how we yell at our perfectly coiffed children, drink too much wine, and read pornography. The books themselves are a side note, a catalyst to a conversation we’ve all been dying to have. Fifty Shades of Grey has served as a lubricant to the separateness between us. The writing falls below superb. And though I (almost) have a Master’s in Literature, I can appreciate a book that’s main objective is fun. The first books I read were The Baby-Sitters Clubs and Sweet Valley High. Not literature by any stretch, but a place that an author worked to create, and I enjoyed hanging out in. No, it’s not Nabokov. It’s not even Stephanie Meyer. I read the Twilight trilogy, too. This isn’t really a confession. I love my junk reading as much as my literature. I can talk about dramatic irony and the political implication of works by Shakespeare and the above-mentioned Nabokov (my favorite), but I can also let my hair down and talk about Twilight, Fifty Shades, The Hunger Games. Popular books. Decidedly not art. As long as my smut doesn’t try to be art (Remember that Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman movie? What was that?), then I’m happy to indulge. We cannot judge these popular books by art standards. We judge them for what they bring out in us.And if human connection is the end result, I say bring on the film. And if husbands across America get lucky this Valentines weekend as a result, who’s to complain?
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a body found Thursday floating in the Dominguez Channel is that of 23-year-old Elgin Stafford, a former USC graduate student who went missing from his home in Carson on March 20.Elgin Stafford, a USC graduate student studying public diplomacy, was found dead Thursday. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanA cause of death has not been determined, Lt. Arthur Escamillas said.According to the Daily Breeze, Stafford’s body was spotted in the channel area between Avalon Boulevard and 213th Street in Carson.UPDATE (2:40 p.m.): The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism confirmed that Stafford enrolled in the public diplomacy program in fall 2011 and withdrew from the program and university in January 2012. An earlier version of this post indicated that Stafford was a current graduate student.UPDATE (10:55 a.m.): Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson issued a statement Saturday morning regarding Stafford’s death.“We are very sad to learn about the death of Elgin Stafford. He was an important member of the Trojan Family and our hearts and prayers go out to his family,” Jackson said. “Every student is very precious to us and has great potential. We are sorry that Elgin’s life journey has ended in such a tragic way. We will do our best to support his family, friends and the Annenberg school community during this difficult period.”
Private Clubs article titled, “Horseplay” featured our renovations saying, “Can $40 million make an old racetrack glam again? You bet.” Writer, Janice Wald Henderson, seemed to be impressed saying, “Santa Anita Park, about 17 miles northeast of downtown LA in Arcadia, recently completed a snazzy redo, capitalizing on the ravishing art deco design of the original 1934 structure.”Via Private Clubs
Exercise: On a Reference Page about antibiotic resistance, Science Daily blatantly says, “Antibiotic resistance evolves naturally via natural selection through random mutation,” and also, “Antibiotic resistance is a consequence of evolution via natural selection.” The article claims Wikipedia as its source. But now, go to the Wikipedia link cited by Science Daily: there is nothing there about natural selection! There is, however, quite a bit about horizontal gene transfer. As of this writing the Wikipedia page was last updated on June 16, 2017. Is it possible that Science Daily has old fake news on its page that has not been updated to reflect the growing realization that antibiotic resistance is no longer a good argument for evolution? A key ‘proof’ of evolution in action falls as scientists discover that pathogens don’t invent resistance genes; they share them.It was common in creation-evolution debates in the 1980s to use antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution. ‘Evolution is as common as the disease germ that is resistant to antibiotics today but wasn’t last year,’ the argument went. Who would have thought that the very organisms that produce antibiotics also produce resistance genes to fight them? And who would have thought that they can share that pre-existing genetic information with disease germs?A paper this month in Nature Communications (open access) shares findings about “Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes from antibiotic producers to pathogens.” They show how the genomes of Actinobacteria, that live in soil, include resistance genes against the antibiotics they create. This makes sense, because they don’t want to die of their own poison. But then, they found that other bacteria from other phyla and other organisms even from different kingdoms can obtain those secrets from the Actinobacteria. This kind of “horizontal gene transfer” is not evolution, because the genetic information already existed. It’s more like passing around prefabricated exploit code between hackers or, better yet, antivirus software from service suppliers. The scientists found resistance genes in the pathogens that in some cases were 100% identical to those in Actinobacteria. But how did they get them?A press release from the Technical University of Denmark explains how the information sharing works:At first, it was difficult to imagine how pathogens can acquire genes from Actinobacteria, because they are so different and not at all related with each other. But by investigating the DNA sequence around the resistance genes, the team figured out how the resistance genes transfer occurred through a new mechanism named “carry back”, where the pathogen basically has a primitive form of “sex” with the Actinobacterium and takes up its resistance genes after it dies.This gene transfer by carry back could in principle happen where pathogens come into contact with Actinobacteria, like in an animal farm or in soil polluted with untreated hospital waste. In this way, the pathogen can become resistant and endanger human lives in the next round of infection.Since the germs without the resistance genes die off, the only ones left are those who got the genes beforehand. But they didn’t ‘evolve’ that resistance; they borrowed it (or stole it).Proteobacteria are well known to be able to transfer DNA to organisms from other phyla and even other kingdoms by conjugationFor several decades, some scientists believed that horizontal gene transfer was responsible, but they didn’t have proof. Creation debaters, similarly, tried to argue that the resistance traits already existed and were accentuated by application of antibiotics. There was no ‘smoking gun’ till now. The authors say in their concluding discussion,Proteobacteria [which include some pathogens] are well known to be able to transfer DNA to organisms from other phyla and even other kingdoms by conjugation. A recent study suggested that conjugation from proteobacteria to actinobacteria might happen frequently in soil. Thus, the ‘carry-back’ mechanism might have mediated the HGTs [horizontal gene transfers] from actinobacteria to proteobacteria in soil using conjugative plasmids as the carrier sequence. In modern times, likely caused by increased selection pressure due to the extensive use of antibiotics, mobile genetic elements including conjugative plasmids, integrons and transposons tend to be clustered together with ARGs [antibiotic resistance genes] forming mobile multidrug-resistant units. These units showed extraordinary capability of spreading among commensals, pathogens and even environmental bacteria in water and soil.Now that resistance is becoming clear as a method of information sharing rather than Darwinian evolution, new questions arise that might better be addressed by intelligent design theory: is there a reason for this kind of information sharing? Could it be a designed mechanism gone awry? What other processes of information sharing previously attributed to Darwinian evolution do we not know about yet? And how could the new paradigm lead to better strategies against the ‘superbugs’ that are becoming resistant to our last-resort antibiotics?One thing is clear: indiscriminate use of antibiotics is causing a crisis, and new approaches must be considered. Another clear lesson is that Darwinian evolution is not as clever as thought.In the cemetery of fallen Darwinian arguments, we can erect a new headstone: “Here lies antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution.” The cemetery is getting pretty crowded. Like we say, if you hear a Darwin debater offering indisputable proof of evolution, just wait awhile. It will fall. Creationists will be ready with their shovels to bury it alongside so many other indisputable proofs of the past: Haeckel’s embryos, Piltdown Man, vestigial organs, sexual selection, the horse series, human evolution – all the classic icons of evolution. Some are long dead; others are in their last dying gasps. What we can’t stop is the Zombie Apocalypse! Read Jonathan Wells’ new book Zombie Science for explanation. You can also hear Dr Wells on ID the Future and see his writings at Evolution News & Science Today (search on ‘zombie’). The book has a whole chapter (ch 8) debunking antibiotic resistance and cancer as evidences for evolution. (Visited 610 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
After movies on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Saina Nehwal, it’s time to add yet another film in the long list of sports biopics!Ace shuttler PV Sindhu, the first Indian woman to bag a silver medal at the Olympics, is the latest athlete whose story is set to be portrayed at the big screen.Actor-producer Sonu Sood is taking the reins of projecting Sindhu’s life and achievements on the silver screen.Expressing her pleasure over the news, Sindhu posted a picture of Sonu and her’s interview regarding the same and said that she hopes her biopic would inspire millions of people around the world.”Looking forward to the Sindhu biopic 2 b made by Sonu Sood & team.hope it inspires millions 2 follow their dreams. Thanks @sonu_sood @baselineventures #biopic#thankstou#sonusood#baseline#inspires#,” she wrote.Announcing his decision to make the biopic, Sonu Sood was quoted as saying by a leading daily, “It feels great to make a biopic on PV Sindhu. It’s the story of a girl who has inspired millions of Indians and given a message that everyone can dream big and not only dream but achieve it too by doing hard work.””It’s a journey that everyone has to know and be inspired,” he added.Sindhu, who was born in Hyderabad, started playing badminton from the age of eight after being inspired by Pullela Gopichand’s victory in All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001.Reacting to the news of her biopic, Sindhu asserted, “I am very honoured and pleased to know that Sonu Sood has decided to make a biopic on my journey. I’m very impressed with the thorough research that the team has done on my biopic for the last eight months.advertisement”They have written a script which I am sure will inspire millions of Indians and our youngsters to dare to dream and achieve glory for the country in spite of all the hardships and hurdles that we all face in our journey,” she added.B-town has recently seen a trend of biopics being made on famous sports athletes and personalities.MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was based on the World Cup winning skipper’s life in his hometown of Ranchi, while legendary cricketer Tendulkar acted in his own biopic.Some other athletes such as Mary Kom, Milkha Singh and Mohammed Azharuddin have also seen their life story being converted into movies.Recently, Saina Nehwal also announced that Shraddha Kapoor is all set to essay her role in a biopic based on the badminton champion’s life that will be directed by Amole Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar.
Apple announced its newest iPhones at an event at its Cupertino, California HQ. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are what Apple is calling its 2018 lineup and this ends all the speculations regarding the naming prior to launch. Unsurprisingly, all three iPhones are based on the design of the iPhone X. Apple last year said that the iPhone X marks a new direction for the company and will set the path for future iPhones, and that’s what we are getting this year. The new iPhones bring edge-to-edge displays and glass on the front and back along with a new gold colour finish. Other highlights include a massive 6.5-inch display on the Max model, a new A12 Bionic chip and up to 512GB of internal storage, among other things.The iPhone X saw a 98 per cent customer satisfaction and the Apple announced that’s it’s ready to take things to the next level. The iPhone XS and XS Max both bring Super Retina OLED displays. The former has a 5.8-inch screen size with a 2436×1125 pixel resolution and 458 ppi while the Max model gets a 6.5-inch size with a 2688×1242 resolution. The displays get a 60 per cent bump in dynamic range compared to the display on the iPhone X. Both the iPhones get a stainless steel frame which is sandwiched between glass on the front and back, so wireless charging is supported. The new iPhones now get a gold colour all around, something that was previously expected with the iPhone X. The iPhones will also come in silver and space gray colours as well. They are IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.advertisementNotably, 3D Touch lives on inside the new iPhones. The iPhone XS and XS Max offer a wider stereo sound. Of course, the notch is still there and continues to stay wide so as to house a number of sensors inside for cameras and Face ID. Apple says Face ID is faster now with faster algorithms and Secure Enclave. As for the battery, Apple doesn’t go into the specifics, but claims that the iPhone XS will offer 30 minutes more battery than last year’s iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max gets the biggest battery yet, offering an hour and a half more battery. Powering the iPhone XS and XS Max is a A12 Bionic chip that’s based on a 7nm processor, which is an industry first. The chipset brings a 6-core CPU with 2 performance cores that deliver up to 15 per cent faster performance compared to A11 Bionic and up to 40 per cent more battery efficient. The GPU is also 50 per cent faster than its predecessor. Apple also said that the A12 chip can do 5 trillion Neural Engine operations per second compared to 600 billion operations of the A11. Apps will also launch 30 per cent faster than before and photo search will also be faster. Basically everything will now be faster than ever.As for the cameras, both the iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras on the back that includes a 12MP sensors (one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens) with dual OIS. Apple has thrown in features like Smart HDR, Portrait Mode with Depth Control that lets you adjust the blur after taking a photo, and extended dynamic range in video. The front TrueDepth camera also gets video stabilisation and support for 1080p video recording at 60 fps. The iPhone XR was Apple’s “one more thing” at the event. It’s the cheapest iPhone among the lot thanks to a 6.1-inch LCD display (1792×828) instead of OLED. Apple is calling this a Liquid Retina display. Notably, the iPhone XR doesn’t have a chin like most other notched LCD Android phones. This is because the bezels are more evenly thick all around so the chin doesn’t stand out. The iPhone XR gets a number of attractive colour options that includes white, black, blue, coral and yellow, glass front and back with an aluminium frame, and most of the same hardware as the iPhone XS and XS Max.The iPhone XR is also powered by an A12 Bionic chip and comes with Face ID. Notably, the XR gets a Haptic Touch feature. There’s a single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The single camera is able to capture portrait shots, much like the Pixel. The front sees a TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones. It also comes with an IP67 rating.As expected, the new iPhones will ship with iOS 12. To recall, iOS 12 brings a bunch of new features and improvements to performance and reliability, something we can confirm having tested the public beta version a while back. iOS 12 brings features like Grouped Notifications, Measure App with a new ARKit 2.0, Screen Time, Memoji and Siri Shortcuts among other things.advertisement Coming to the pricing, the iPhone XR is the cheapest of the three starting at $749. It will be offered in three storage variants – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Pre-orders for this one will start on October 19 and shipments will commence on October 26. The iPhone XS will start at $999 and will also have three storage variants – 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max will start at $1099 and will have similar storage options as the XS. Pre-orders for these two will start on Friday and the devices will start shipping September 21.iPhone XS, XS Max, XR India price and availabilityApple has announced that the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in India starting September 28 while the iPhone XR will be available in the country starting October 26. As per the company’s press release, the 64GB iPhone XS will cost Rs 99,900 while the 64GB iPhone XS Max will carry a Rs 1,09,900 price tag. The 64GB iPhone XR will come in cheaper at Rs 76,900.ALSO READ: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max announced, Apple Watch also launched: Live updates from Apple 2018 event
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame held its first Junior Day of 2015 on Saturday. Dozens of the top recruits in the 2016 class made their way to South Bend, Ind., to check out the Fighting Irish’s facilities and meet with coaches. One recruit who made the trip has a pretty famous father, whom he brought with him. Elijah Holyfield, a four-star running back out of Atlanta, is the son of former five-time heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield. Elijah and Evander were both at Notre Dame this afternoon. Great day at Notre Dame #FightingIrish ! pic.twitter.com/fjYKAQtlSx— Elijah Holyfield (@EH_taught_me) March 21, 2015That’s pretty cool. Elijah Holyfield, ranked the No. 11 RB in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, is reportedly considering Auburn, Notre Dame, Florida and Tennessee, among other programs.